High winds topple 120-foot ice tower

Posted Feb. 21, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.

BETHEL, Maine — Officials say high winds have toppled a 120-foot ice tower in the Maine town of Bethel.

Robin Zinchuk of the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce says the tower was hit by an 80-mph wind gust and it fell just after dusk on Saturday.

No one was hurt.

Ice climbing demonstrations that had been planned for Tuesday and Friday have been cancelled.

The tower was built using a series of 1-inch pipes. As water seeped out the top of the pipes it froze on the way down, coating the structure with ice.

The Sun Journal newspaper said the plan had been for the tower to reach a height of 140-feet, but changing weather conditions made that impossible.

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